Week 5 of the Cup Finals and we moved from VCD to Meridian for the first finals in the WESFA Memorial Shield and the Peter Smith Memorial Cup.
The morning match was the WESFA Shield between Vanbrugh and Junior Reds Athletic as we remembered the recently departed Geraint Jones. After 35 mins Junior Reds were up against it, as Dan Jackaman made a wild challenge on the edge of the area and picked up his second yellow card of the game so the Reds were going to be down to 10 men for 55 minutes, but after 43 minutes it was the 10 men who took the lead through Paul Christodoulou for a half time lead. The 60th minute saw referee Olayinka Oladeinde succumb to illness and he was replaced by the retiring Martin Connell who was honoured for his service to the league at the end of the match. Junior Reds continued to defend like trojans, and they got so, so close. Joe Kearney bringing the scores level for Vanbrugh deep into stoppage time. Extra time could not separate the teams and it was Vanbrugh who held their nerve in the resulting shoot-out to lift the Shield.
More drama was to follow in the Peter Smith Memorial Cup as Bayswater RK took on Under the Radar. Tobi Brown headed UTR into an early lead, but Edi Borges levelled things up shortly after. Five minutes before half time and the comeback from Bayswater was complete as Sulaiman Charm fired Bayswater into a first half lead. 67 minutes and Michael Adewale’s superb free kick brought the scores level again. Then we get to the last 10 minutes and UTR have the ball in the net but it is adjudged to have gone out of play moments before, it was edgy end to end stuff. A rash challenge in the Bayswater right back area saw both Jedidah Brown and Temitope Eweka both pick up 2nd yellow cards as tempers boiled over and toys flew about. And after the last minute drama of the first half, Tolu Jonah popped up for Under the Radar to break Bayswater hearts after a goalmouth scramble to seal the win for Under the Radar.
Elsewhere in the Amalgamated Lifts Limited Premier Division, Burrage Blues went to Welling Town A and gave Welling their first league defeat, winning 4-3. Joe Bingham scores twice, with Ricky Herburn and Michael Power also on target for Burrage Blues. Sam Bailey, Theo Fairweather-Johnson and Brima Daramy on target for Welling.
In the Supreme Engraving Senior Division Springhill United kept their title hopes alive, ending Long Lane’s in the process with a 4-3 win. A Luke Miller hat-trick helping Springhill to the win.
In the Danson Property Services Division One, champions FC Royals continued their march with a 3-0 win over Welling Town. Douane West, Leon Nicholas and Tyrone Headley with the goals. Mottingham Park Rangers finish the season in 3rd spot with a 4-2 win over FC Forza Greenwich. Stuart Jordeson bagging a brace, with Alfie Gosnell and Esmail El Khabaz also on target. Matthew Woolf and Adam Coburn on target for Forza.
In the ABA Technical Division Two, Alex Potter was among the goals as Danson Albion end the season on a high with a 2-1 victory over champions Russellers. Scott Holland with the consolation for the home side. A hat-trick from Elton Lewis moves Bexley Athletic up to 8th position as they secure a 4-2 win at Woolwich Royals who remain 7th. Steven Armstrong and Adriatic Onuzi with the goals for Royals.
In the Summerhill Music Division 3 Eltham Lions kept up their title hopes with a battling 3-3 draw with Orpington Eagles Reserves, Adam Chapman, Daniel Hillary & Ross Smith on target for Eagles Reserves. Nothing recorded for Eltham Lions on Full Time.